New York City Health Board Passes Bloomberg's Soda-Ban Proposal

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UPDATE: The ban does not include convenient stores. 7-Eleven will not be affected, and Big Gulps will still be sold.

The New York Board of Health has passed Mayor Michael Bloomberg's soda-ban proposal today.

The Board of Health voted 8-0-1 (one abstention) to approve the ban. It will go into effect in March unless stopped. Sales of sugary drinks in more than 16-ounce cups will be officially prohibited. The plan affects NYC restaurants, street carts, stadiums, and movie theaters. Convenience stores (including 7-Eleven) and vending machines will not be affected.

Mike Grynbaum, a New York Times reporter, broke the news on his Twitter feed:

The NYC Board of Health has approved a ban on the sale of large sodas & other sugary drinks at city restaurants, street carts & stadiums.

According to Grynbaum, most of the board members were in favor of the vote. He tweeted earlier this morning: "'I can't imagine the board not acting on another problem that is killing 5,000 people per year,' says Joel Forman, a member voting 'yes.'"

Grynbaum also indicated that the health department received 32,000 comments in support of the plan and 6,000 comments opposed. The Times reported recently that the soft drink industry has spent more than 1 million dollars so far fighting the plan.

But according to Fox News, this isn't the last word on the proposal. A soft-drink-industry-sponsored group called New Yorkers for Beverage Choices says it has gathered more than 250,000 signatures on petitions opposing the soda plan. They are also considering a lawsuit for challenging the plan if it passes.


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FoamOrder
FoamOrder

I think its great! The entire country should tax junk items. We're paying for it anyway with the health care bill. We're paying for people to do what they please even if they can't afford to pay for the consequences. High time some sensible laws got placed. 

Bet you didn't know that Cushions and foam in most sofa's contain cancer causing flame retardants. That's another law that should be changed. Laws require sofa's to have flame retardants so you don't burn your self down. But the chemicals cause cance.

Same can be said for an Organic Mattress. Federal law requires all mattresses to have a flame barrier material and these can also be cancerous. Lots of laws that make no sense. 

FYI a latex mattress with a wool flame barrier is a natural mattress.


Marsh57
Marsh57

So what's to keep someone from purchasing a 6 pack or a liter???   From here, will the gov't distribute punch cards to US citizens that will allow them only one 8-oz soft drink a day?   Bloomberg needs to mind his own business or take it to the limit, i.e., ban alcohol, cigarettes, cooking oils, lard, candy, cookies, sara lee cakes, all products with msg and all products with transfats.  How about people learn to be responsible for themselves!

daveycraney
daveycraney

@ncroal I was gonna say pour one out for the big gulp… but exempt! Pulse, you’d be stood there like 45 minutes as well :-D

newyorkmotorinsuranc
newyorkmotorinsuranc

Although I never order big drinks, I honestly think this should be achieved through choice, not force. This seems like a gateway to more controlling laws. 

 

"Hey, we banned smoking indoors and people got used to it. Hey, we banned big sugary drinks and people got used it." Next it will be "Hey, since people got used to those laws, how about we limit internet use? or maybe we should issue a curfew?"

 

I, for one, am hoping this law gets overturned quickly. Give the government and inch, and they're going to start looking for ways to take a mile.

 

 - Drew Mack from http://www.newyorkmotorinsurance.com/

alucard1348
alucard1348

If their worried about something that's killing people, shouldn't they be banning ciggerrates??

BobbyDoTube
BobbyDoTube

@ForkintheRoadVV I love the idea! I also think put a band on free refills at restaurants The more you have the more you will drink .

stonemill
stonemill

Stop saying "goodbye Big Gulps." This ban does not affect 7-11s.  Do your job as a reporter.

repete86
repete86

@villagevoice Bloomberg belongs in LA. He should go there.

BrooklynSaint
BrooklynSaint

@thomdimopoulos actually The Gulp is not gone, 7-11 icon exempt from ruling as they are considered "grocery store" and not part of ban

thomdimopoulos
thomdimopoulos

@BrooklynSaint ah, I see. Well then, the sip is gone, but a gulp remains, lol.

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